AJE June Component of the Month Reveal ~ Red Gypsy Swirls

This month at Art Jewelry Elements Blog, Jenny Davies-Reazor provided us with our challenge element—lovely little organic ceramic drop pairs.

Here's the pair I got…
I love how deep the red is! And the worn rustic texture of the edges really appeals to me. I realized when working with these drops that I have rarely used red, so these took a bit of thinking for me to decide on a design that I really liked. I finally finished them just yesterday afternoon—if there hadn't been a deadline, I'm almost sure they'd still be sitting on my desk and I'd still be thinking about how to use them… but that wouldn't do at all!

So here's what I made…
It'd been such a long time since I made earrings and since they are a matching pair it seemed only right to make them into earrings. I call them "Red Gypsy Swirls". I used thin strips of frayed cotton fabric wrapped with wire to echo the worn look of the drops… it brings to mind for me the tattered edge of a long boho-style skirt. I love long skirts, but never have an opportunity to wear them—blue jeans are so much more practical! For a little bit of sparkle, I added a small faceted opalite to the top of each earring.

I hope you liked my new earrings! Thanks for the fun challenge Jenny!

Be sure to check out the links below to see what everyone else created!

Guest Artists

Leah - http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.com
Elisabeth - http://beadsforbusygals.blogspot.com
Jean - http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com
Sarajo - http://sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com

AJE Team

Jennifer Cameron - http://glassaddictions.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor - http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Susan Kennedy - http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Linda Landig - http://www.lindasbeadblog.com
Melissa Meman - http://melissameman.blogspot.com
Rebekah Payne - http://www.treewingsstudio.com You are here!
Jo Tinley - http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt - http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Francesca Watson - http://www.francescawatson.com
Diana Ptaszynski - http://www.vintagebluestudio.typepad.com
Kristi Bowman - http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com
Kristen Stevens - http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

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  1. Gorgeous!!!! I love how you included fiber. Those charms are fantastic, I think I need a pair!!

  2. Gorgeous, Rebekah!! You are so talented!

  3. I love these! Great use of the cotton. Also, deadlines are probably the only way things get done at my house...lol!

  4. Stunning Rebekah! I love the fabric you used, love the red charms!

  5. Girl!!!!! I have to tell you that I am not in any way a fan of fiber in Jewelry. I have only seen a limited number of artists that can pull it off and I like it. These however I absolutely love beyond love! The texture, the wire, how you put it all together.....I am swooning!!!!!

  6. Your earrings are gorgeous, love the fabric you added. It's so perfect for the beads you had to go with it.

  7. These earrings are so fun! Just think how cool they will look with those jeans you said you favor wearing. These earrings rock!

  8. I love the addition of fabric - and I was thinking boho skirt when I looked at the photos too! These are really pretty!

  9. Oh, my...I totally love these! The fabric adds so much. Great job!

  10. I am glad you like the rustic edge - I know thats not everyones cup of tea... but I love the way the glaze changes in the cracked clay edges...

    The fabric wire wrap is the perfect partner for the clay charm edges. You have showcased them wonderfully. I am excited to see them in these earrings. Earrings that rock - BTW! Thanks!